Small hatchbacks aren’t exactly popular here in the Good Ole US of A. It’s the reason why Volkswagen has even decided not to sell the standard Mk8 Golf here in America, only the GTI. So there’s no chance of Audi selling it smallest, cheapest and most economical hatchback on this side of the Atlantic. That doesn’t mean we can’t wish, though, because the Audi A1 is such a charming little car.
In this new review from Car and Driver, us ‘Mericans get to learn about the little A1. What’s said about this is that, in American money, the A1 offers incredible value. C&D lists its USD-equivalent price at $27,500, which undercuts every small premium car on the market. Yet, for that money, you get a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 197 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, five doors (four doors and a hatchback) and one of the most stylish designs in the segment.
According to this review, the Audi A1 is a riot to drive, being tight and nimble on city streets and back roads, yet comfortable enough to take long trips in. Its small engine feels punchy and more powerful than its spec sheet claims and its dual-clutch ‘box works very well.
In this modern age of strict emissions regulations and an onus on keeping the environment clean, you’d think the world would embrace small, efficient, fun cars. The Audi A1 is the perfect sort of car for our current time, with its small engine, good fuel economy, low price tag and happy, buzzy little personality. Yet, it won’t come to the US because we’re too busy buying pickup trucks we’ll never actually us, SUVs that accommodate families bigger than the ones we have and sports cars that go far faster than we’re capable of handling.
Don’t get me wrong, the ability to buy wild sports cars or big pickup trucks is a great one. But it’s frustrating when there’s a great car sitting on the other side of the pond that’s perfect for the day-to-day in our modern world, yet we can’t drive it in America because the majority of American customers won’t give it a chance. The Audi A1 is an awesome little car that we wish we got.
[Source: Car and Driver]